Sunday, May 4, 2014

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“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
Perhaps no verse of Scripture has brought more comfort and hope and peace to the hearts of God’s redeemed than has Romans 8:28. No wonder that it has been called “a soft pillow for the weary heart.” How do we know “that all things work together for good to them that love God”? Many times our circumstances are such that we feel with Jacob that “all these things are against me,” yet God’s Word assures us that “all things are for your sakes.” And we know it is true, not because we feel it, nor because we see it, but because God says so. His care for us is such that no testing or trial can come into our lives except by His permission. He “who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” permits chastening “for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.” This is His purpose, and “all things work together for good … to them who are the called according to His purpose,” and this “according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“All things”? Even the things that are bad,
The things that bruise our hearts and bring tears?
Yes, “all things” allowed and planned by Him,
Who sees both time and eternal years.
Genesis 42:36 ~ 2 Corinthians 4:15 ~ Ephesians 1:11 ~ Hebrews 12:10 ~ Ephesians 3:11
             
April 2014
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

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“The God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Cor. 1:3-4).
We cannot give to others that which we do not ourselves possess. If we would give comfort and encouragement to others, we must first receive it ourselves from God. And before we can receive it, we must be in circumstances where we ourselves need comfort and encouragement. “God, that comforteth those that are cast down,” then “comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort” others “by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” For, being “comforted of God,” we are able to extend the “comfort of the Scriptures” to others. How very much God’s people need encouragement, exhortation and consolation. “Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God.” He desires “that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.” Our Lord came “to comfort all that mourn.” May He help us to know and impart the “comfort of love” and to “comfort yourselves together.”
Comfort, how much it is needed,
To encourage those in despair,
But how can we give it to them,
Unless we have ourselves been there?
2 Corinthians 7:6 ~ Romans 15:4 ~ Isaiah 40:1 ~ Colossians 2:2 ~ Isaiah 61:2 ~ Philippians 2:1 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
             
April 2014
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Friday, May 2, 2014

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“Remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh … that at that time ye were without Christ … having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:11-12).
When we Christians think of what we are by God’s grace—“accepted in the Beloved,” and now “made … to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” and “made the righteousness of God in Him”—when we think of these blessed things, let us never forget what we were apart from God’s grace. To remember our former estate will cause one “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Let us not forget that “ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” Praise God, “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” “Who is like unto the Lord our God. … He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that He may set him with princes.” We remember, and we give thanks to “the Lamb that was slain.”
Lost and undone, condemned forever,
This was our state, apart from His grace;
Now cleansed, forgiven, accepted in Him,
One day we shall see Him, face to face.
Ephesians 1:6 ~ Ephesians 2:6 ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21 ~ Romans 12:3 ~ 1 Peter 2:25 ~ Psalm 40:2 ~ Psalm 113:5 ~ Psalm 113:7‑8 ~ Revelation 5:12
             
April 2014
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

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“No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you” (Job 12:2).
Job spoke the above words to his three friends, who “had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him,” in his great time of distress and grief and suffering. Each of the three told Job why he was suffering, why God had permitted his afflictions to come, and what Job must do to find relief and help, though none of them had ever experienced like circumstances. No wonder that Job said to them that “ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value,” and “miserable comforters are ye all.” But are we not many times guilty of the same thing as Job’s friends? Do we not set ourselves up as being wise in situations concerning which we have no personal knowledge? God’s Word tells us to “judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” This will keep us from passing hasty or unfair judgment on others, without knowing something of the background of their circumstances or their heart’s exercises. “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me,” “considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
It seems that my friend is now straying,
And that his pathway is not right,
But what do I know of his heartaches,
And tears he has shed o’er his plight?
Job 2:11 ~ Job 13:4 ~ Job 16:2 ~ John 7:24 ~ Psalm 131:1 ~ Galatians 6:1
             
April 2014
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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“Keep yourselves in the love of God” (Jude 21).
Our verse does not tell us to keep God loving us. Nothing can ever change or alter the glorious fact that He loves us. He tells us that “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Nor does our text verse tell us that we are to love God, though certainly “we love Him, because He first loved us.” But, our verse says, we are to “keep [ourselves] in the love of God.” We are to keep ourselves in the spiritual condition that permits God’s love to work in our lives and enables us to enjoy that love. Our Lord said, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. … If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” So we are called to “come out from among them, and be ye separate … and I … will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” Then “keep yourselves in the love of God,” remembering that His “love is strong as death.”
Do stay in the place of blessing;
Do keep yourself in God’s love;
Your life will be filled with goodness,
Sent down from the Father above.
Jeremiah 31:3 ~ 1 John 4:10 ~ 1 John 4:19 ~ John 14:21 ~ John 14:23 ~ 2 Corinthians 6:17‑18 ~ Song of Solomon 8:6
             
March 2014
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).
Perhaps no statement of Scripture gives a clearer summary of how the believer may live a victorious and joyful Christian life, than that found in the words, “Looking unto Jesus.” The words carry the thought of looking away from all else and centering our attention and affection on Him, as He is seated “at the right hand of the throne of God.” We are to look away from ourselves, both our failures and successes; we are to look away from men, however godly they may be, and look only to Him. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” Just as He tells us to “look unto Me, and be ye saved,” so as saved ones we are to be constantly “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith,” and “consider Him … lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” For “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: Thou maintainest my lot. … I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved,” always remembering that “He faileth not.”
I look away from my heart so fickle,
And away from men whose lives do fail;
I look to my Saviour seated in glory,
Who beareth my name within the veil.
Colossians 3:1 ~ Isaiah 45:22 ~ Hebrews 12:3 ~ Psalm 16:5 ~ Psalm 16:8 ~ Zephaniah 3:5
             
March 2014
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Monday, April 28, 2014

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“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).
We live in momentous days, “the last days,” when, as Scripture predicts, “perilous times shall come,” days when we see “men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” Therefore, “because the days are evil” and because “evil men and seducers … wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived,” we who know the Lord are to be “redeeming the time,” that is, “buying up the opportunities.” Day by day, God gives us such opportunities and tells us that “as we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” There are times of which it may be said that “ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.” But how much more often is it true that we let opportunities slip away, without redeeming them. God in grace may give other opportunities, but the lost ones can never be recovered. May we be diligent to be “always in remembrance of these things,” that we may “know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary,” and “to warn the wicked from his way,” “to walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
A word of warning, a word of cheer,
As we walk life’s pathway each day,
A word from the Word, with God’s own power,
That will encourage and show the way.
2 Timothy 3:1 ~ Luke 21:26 ~ 2 Timothy 3:13 ~ Galatians 6:10 ~ Philippians 4:10 ~ 2 Peter 1:12 ~ Isaiah 50:4 ~ Ezekiel 33:8 ~ Colossians 4:5 ~ Ephesians 5:17
             
March 2014
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

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“He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place … for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat” (Mark 6:31).
We live in an age of hurry and rush. Even among Christians, we measure one’s spirituality by his so-called productivity. We so easily forget that when we stand before the Lord, the primary issue will not be the amount of our works, but “every man’s work shall be made manifest … and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” Quality comes before quantity. We need to remember that Christian service is not an endurance contest and that the Lord “knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” To be sure, the Lord does not want His redeemed ones to be slothful, for “he also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster,” but neither does He want us to be continually weary. “To whom He said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing.” “For thus saith the Lord God … In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” May He not have to say to us, as He did to Israel, “Ye would not.”
It is not by our might or power
That our work for the Lord is tried,
But by the Spirit’s own working,
Who has come to us to abide.
1 Corinthians 3:13 ~ Psalm 103:14 ~ Proverbs 18:9 ~ Isaiah 28:12 ~ Isaiah 30:15
             
March 2014
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

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“Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him” (Prov. 29:20).
Many of us have had times of regret over words hastily spoken: judgmental words, reproachful words, untrue words, boastful words, but all words which can never be recalled, regardless of how much harm they do. Perhaps we did not mean them to be hurtful, but we were “hasty in [our] words,” for the moment forgetting that “the heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.” How well it is for us to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,” for “in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” It may seem smart and advantageous to want to have a word on every subject, but “he that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.” How very needful that “I … take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue.” Hasty words come from a hasty spirit, and “he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” So, “set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips,” and “let the words of my mouth … be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Words spoken in anger, spoken in haste,
Words that we can never recall,
Words that cause sorrow, cause pain and cause grief,
But words that hurt us most of all.
Proverbs 15:28 ~ James 1:19 ~ Proverbs 10:19 ~ Proverbs 17:27 ~ Psalm 39:1 ~ Proverbs 14:29 ~ Psalm 141:3 ~ Psalm 19:14
             
March 2014
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Friday, April 25, 2014

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“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom. 8:37).
Our greatest spiritual victories do not always come by our being delivered from trials and adverse circumstances. Paul has been speaking of “tribulation … distress … persecution … famine … nakedness … peril [and] sword,” and he says that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Many times the Lord manifests His grace to us in and during a time of trouble, before He delivers us from it. His promise is that “he shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.” It is gloriously true that “the righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles,” and that though “many are the afflictions of the righteous … the Lord delivereth him out of them all,” yet we can also say to Him that “Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress,” and “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” Many times we have to say with the psalmist, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept Thy word.”
“I will deliver thee,” He does declare,
This word so blessed He has spoken,
But He giveth grace in the trial itself
And stays near to the heart that is broken.
Romans 8:35 ~ Psalm 91:15 ~ Psalm 34:17 ~ Psalm 34:19 ~ Psalm 4:1 ~ Psalm 118:5 ~ Psalm 119:67
             
March 2014
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